Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Vanity sizing? I don't think so

I try not to use this blog to rant but I just left my local Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and am feeling the need to vent.

I hadn't been in the store for awhile so was thrilled to see it was finally stocking clothes in "my" size. Sadly, my hopes were dashed after only a few minutes in the fitting room. One of the six pairs of trousers I'd selected to try on was anything like my size. The rest were at least two sizes too large!

I suppose I can understand why other stores adjust their sizing to fit the ever-expanding waistlines of average North Americans. But MEC? Surely, its customer base is mostly made up of fit, active people who have little need for "vanity-sized" clothing.

I hate that term, by the way - "vanity-sized". There's nothing about baggy, over-sized clothing that makes me feel better about myself - only frustrated and irritated that I wasted time trying it on in the first place.



  1. This is the first time I've heard it called 'vanity-sizing' - huh, interesting!

    And I totally agree - there's no way any clothing manufacturer should adjust sizing to accomadate the problem of expanding waistlines! It doesn't help anyone!

  2. Agreed. It isn't good for anyone! Sorry for the rant thought. :-)